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October 11, 2019: SECO adds 7 to Venezuela sanctions

On Friday, Swiss authorities added the following individuals to its Venezuela sanctions program:

SSID: 290-40995 Name: Nestor Blanco Hurtado

Sex: M DOB: 26 Sep 1982 Identification document: ID card No. V-15222057, Venezuela Justification: Major in the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), operated alongside officials in the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) since at least Dec 2017. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

SSID: 290-41001 Name: Rafael Ramon Blanco Marrero

Sex: M DOB: 28 Feb 1968 Identification document: ID card No. V-6250588, Venezuela Justification: Deputy Director of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) since at least Dec 2018 and Division General of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army since 5 Jul 2019. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities that were committed by DGCIM officials under his command. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

SSID: 290-41007 Name: Carlos Calderon

Sex: M

Justification: Senior office holder (referred to as Commissioner, Director and Director General) in the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees in SEBIN facilities. In particular, he participated in and was responsible for acts of torture and the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in El Helicoide, a SEBIN prison. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

SSID: 290-41011 Name: Alexis Enrique Escalona Marrero

Sex: M DOB: 12 Oct 1962

Justification: Chief in Charge of the National Office Against Organized Crime and Terrorist Financing (ONDOFT). National Commander of the National Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Command (Comando Nacional Antiextorsión y Secuestro (CONAS)) between 2014 and 2017. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessive use of force and the mistreatment of detainees by members of CONAS under his command. Also responsible for the repression of civil society by members of CONAS under his command. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

SSID: 290-41016 Name: Rafael Antonio Franco Quintero

Sex: M DOB: 14 Oct 1973 Identification document: ID card No. V-11311672, Venezuela Justification: Agent in the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Head of Investigations at the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) between at least 2017 and Dec 2018. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessive use of force and the ill-treatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities by members of the DGCIM under his command. Also responsible for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition by members of the DGCIM under his command. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

SSID: 290-41022 Name: Alexander Enrique Granko Arteaga

Sex: M DOB: 25 Mar 1981 Identification document: ID card No. V-14970215, Venezuela Justification: Head (Director) of the Special Affairs Division (DAE) of the Directorate- General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)). Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessive use of force causing death and injury and the ill-treatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities committed by himself and also officials under his command. Also responsible for the repression of civil society by members of DGCIM under his command, as well as directly involved in such repression. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

SSID: 290-41028 Name: Hannover Esteban Guerrero Mijares

Sex: M DOB: 14 Jan 1971

Justification: Head of Investigations at the Directorate-General of Military Counter- Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) from at least Apr 2019 to Aug 2019. As Head of Investigations he supervised the DGCIM facility in Boleita. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessive use of force and the ill-treatment of detainees committed by him and also by officials under his command, particularly in Boleita. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019

And here is FINMA’s notice:

News

October 11, 2019 

International sanction

Updated sanction message

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research WBF has published an amendment to Annex 1 of the Ordinance of 28 March 2018 on Measures against Venezuela (SR 946.231.178.5).

On 10 October 2019, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (WBF) amended the list of persons, companies and organizations sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. The WBF has therefore adjusted the Swiss sanctions database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is relevant for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website . This change will take effect on October 11, 2019 at 18:00.

Financial Intermediaries are requested to immediately block the relevant assets and to report such business relationships to SECO in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation. Notification to SECO does not release a financial intermediary from reimbursing reports to the Money Laundering Reporting Office without delay if the requirements are fulfilled, in accordance with Art. 9 of the Money Laundering Law.

Links:

FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

Categories: Sanctions Lists SECO Updates Venezuela sanctions

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